Minus the Bear is one of those longhaired, bearded indie bands that’s not trying to be a poser. The Seattle quintet has been indie before “indie” was cool (circa 2001), playing its own brand of evolutionary prog-noise-rock without conforming to popular standards. Minus the Bear’s fourth full-length album, “Omni,” takes a more raw approach than previous albums, resulting in a recording most like their live shows.
Presented by JAM, UM Hillel, Muslim Students of the University of Miami (MSUM) and the Church of the Venerable Bede, the celebration of sound will feature performers from each of the three Abrahamic faiths—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. As such, the student-led concert aims to inspire communication and open-mindedness between people of all religions.
Cynics will claim that Miami’s music scene only has two types of noise—either techno-electronica or reggeton-hip-hop. Even if the cynics are correct, though, Swedish quintet The Sounds will fit in, bringing their new wave, synth-inspired rock and roll to Revolution on Sept. 30.
The five guys of Beckham County Trainwreck, all students or former students at UM, seem to have a sense of stage presence-bouncing, grinning, grimacing and head-banging to their music-even in their holey t-shirts, baggy jeans and in the middle of pretentious, suburban Coral Gables.